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Even though most of us would love to pinch Berbatov from Sp*rs in January, I really don't think it's going to happen. However, these are three transfers that I can see happening.

Royston for the left wing (12 million)

Alves for right back (18 milion)

Anelka for centre forward (12 million)

If these three came in now, I think we'd be well set for a push for the title (with the new central defender already signed, remember).

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I'd like Van Der Vaart to be available for CL, especially if Ballack isn't (or was that just the group stages)... is he cup tied? Anyway, I don't think we'll get him now anyway, but make him one of our top targets in the Summer thats for sure.

Anelka I can now see going through (thanks to Bolton leaving him out) - we'd need him for the CL as well.

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Even though most of us would love to pinch Berbatov from Sp*rs in January, I really don't think it's going to happen. However, these are three transfers that I can see happening.

Royston for the left wing (12 million)

Alves for right back (18 milion)

Anelka for centre forward (12 million)

If these three came in now, I think we'd be well set for a push for the title (with the new central defender already signed, remember).

I'm not sure about that Royston character but otherwise looks good. VDV is in the top of my list.

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Modric's club have basically come out and said they aren't selling him till at least the end of season, so I don't think we will be signing him in January.

Van Der Vaart is another I think we will now have to wait till the off-season at the earliest to sign (assuming we do) and hence won't be signed up in January.

Anelka I beleive will go through but Berbatov I don't beleive will.

I don't get the idea of signing Drenthe. I don't see how the kid is really anything that special (feel free to prove me wrong if you have some evidence that he is) and we are allready very well stocked at left back with Bridge and Ashley Cole.

So really, I think Anelka is going to be our only major signing in January. I beleive any other signings will be players haven't heard of before like Ivanovich (sp?) and that Santos guy.

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I think that we will not make as many transfers as we might hope. Firstly because most of the good players we want are all cup tied, secondly I think teams will want us to pay over the odds to pry their players away mid season!

Drenthe I think is just press speculation, and Modric has already said that due to an epiphany he wants to stay with his home club

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i think is going to be this:

Drenthe = 9 Million

Anelka = 9-18 Million

Modric = 6-14 Million

Right-Back = 5-19 Million

Drogba = 20-40 Million

Don't think Drogs will leave January. We need him in the crucial CL games and he still can win CL with us. I hope he's not leaving at all. I don't care if he says he is leaving... He is still with us and will give everything on the pitch.

If Drenthe can't cope in LaLiga he won't cope in EPL either. Modric link is probably cooled off already. Anelka is coming just a matter of time.

I don't know if VDV want's to even leave HSV or that we are even interested on him, he would just be a player I would love to see in our ranks!

Diego from Bremen is another player I wouldn't mind having! He is closest to Zola that I've seen in a long time. His game is little bit faster(runs faster--Zola thinks faster than anyone in the game) than Zola's but that is required these days..

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Modric's club have basically come out and said they aren't selling him till at least the end of season, so I don't think we will be signing him in January.

Van Der Vaart is another I think we will now have to wait till the off-season at the earliest to sign (assuming we do) and hence won't be signed up in January.

Anelka I beleive will go through but Berbatov I don't beleive will.

I don't get the idea of signing Drenthe. I don't see how the kid is really anything that special (feel free to prove me wrong if you have some evidence that he is) and we are allready very well stocked at left back with Bridge and Ashley Cole.

So really, I think Anelka is going to be our only major signing in January. I beleive any other signings will be players haven't heard of before like Ivanovich (sp?) and that Santos guy.

If Anelka is our only major signing in January the Grant makeover will have spluttered to start and then stalled. Another striker would be needed, especially when you consider the ages of those we would have (Kalou as the only youngster with a trick or two) and it would not be sending out the right message on either a 'new era' or 'new entertainment' front.

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All the speculation about players in and whether they are eligible for the Champions League - so whose leaving? The CL squad is full - only two spaces remain for homegrown players. If anyone joins (Anelka, Drenthe) someone will have to make way so they can be added to the squad. I think Drenthe is cup-tied but Anelka would be eligible so someone needs to leave/be left out. Add Ballack to that equation and you have a major problem. The squad at the moment looks like this:

1 Petr ?ech

23 Carlo Cudicini

40 Hilário

Defenders

3 Ashley Cole

6 Ricardo Carvalho

18 Wayne Bridge

20 Paulo Ferreira

22 Tal Ben Haim

26 John Terry

33 Alex

35 Juliano Belletti

41 Sam Hutchinson

Midfielders

4 Claude Makelele

5 Michael Essien

8 Frank Lampard

9 Steve Sidwell

10 Joe Cole

12 John Obi Mikel

15 Florent Malouda

24 Shaun Wright-Phillips

42 Lee Sawyer

Forwards

7 Andriy Shevchenko

11 Didier Drogba

14 Claudio Pizarro

21 Salomon Kalou

So who would you dump to include Ballack and Anelka, remembering that we have reached our quota of overseas players - any players left out would have to be 'foreigners'. I'd leave out Ben Haim and Pizarro but it is a problem.

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So who would you dump to include Ballack and Anelka, remembering that we have reached our quota of overseas players - any players left out would have to be 'foreigners'. I'd leave out Ben Haim and Pizarro but it is a problem.

That is indeed a tough one.

To include Anelka, I'd leave out Drogba, as he definitely seems to want to leave the club, and I'd be concerned about his hunger and attitude as the season draws to a close.

To include Ballack is far more difficult - and let's face it, Ballack must be included. I'd probably go along with your choice of Ben Haim, though I'd also be tempted to leave out Malouda or maybe even Maka. Naah, got to be Ben Haim - he's a bleedin' liability anyway icon_lol.gif

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Apparantly we can include Ballack in the CL list, just be swapping him with another player (probably one of the youths we included), so we can add both.

PS- take out Malouda, bring back our Duffa 346.gificon_wink.gif

Can't take out the kiddy-winks, Gem, it has to be one of the out-of-towners! Forgot about Malouda - I'd keep Ben Haim (only as cover) and lose this waste of space. Whatever happens it's essential we keep our English chappies and bring some babas through.

As for losing Drogba, I think we should employ every trick in the book to keep him short of taking his family hostage (and even then........)!

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Apparantly we can include Ballack in the CL list, just be swapping him with another player (probably one of the youths we included), so we can add both.

PS- take out Malouda, bring back our Duffa 346.gificon_wink.gif

Can't take out the kiddy-winks, Gem, it has to be one of the out-of-towners! Forgot about Malouda - I'd keep Ben Haim (only as cover) and lose this waste of space. Whatever happens it's essential we keep our English chappies and bring some babas through.

As for losing Drogba, I think we should employ every trick in the book to keep him short of taking his family hostage (and even then........)!

Good point Jack, forgot about the home grown rule (I take it its that you're refering to)... Have we really used up all our spots? 300.gif

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For me it would have to be Sheva and and Ben Haim.

Nobody seems to want to leave Sheva out, how long do we want to keep Sheva in the team really?

How many chances is he going to get untill people realize hes finnished.

I think we should give Malouda at least untill the summer to prove himself, we need him on the left at least during the ACN.

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We need to keep Sheva atleast till the summer. He is good asset for us in the CL. He knows how to play in that cup.

After the summer might be better to find a good and young replacement for him.

After the Everton game Pizza looked useless so maybe he should go in the summer as well. But I think we need to see Pizza paired up with Anelka with a little bit changed formation so we can really tell if he is good or not. He ran like h*ll in the Everton game but almost everytime the ball was passed to him he stumbled with it. And few times it looked like he didn't want to win those long balls...Those long balls that Drogs eats for breakfast icon_rolleyes.gif .

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PS- take out Malouda, bring back our Duffa 346.gificon_wink.gif

What Gem said. Was he crap today or what? I've seen Jimmy run more. (go easy, Just!) icon_wink.gif

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